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Scheeßel (Sche esel)
Coat of arms of Scheeßel (Sche esel)
Coat of arms
Scheeßel (Sche esel)  is located in Germany
Scheeßel (Sche esel)
Scheeßel (Sche esel)
Coordinates: 53°10′14″N 9°28′59″E / 53.17056°N 9.48306°E / 53.17056; 9.48306Coordinates: 53°10′14″N 9°28′59″E / 53.17056°N 9.48306°E / 53.17056; 9.48306
Country Germany
State Lower Saxony
District Rotenburg (Wümme)
 • Mayor Käthe Dittmer-Scheele (CDU)
 • Total 149.70 km2 (57.80 sq mi)
Elevation 30 m (100 ft)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Total 12,946
 • Density 86/km2 (220/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 27383
Dialling codes 04263
Vehicle registration ROW
Postcard "Gruß aus Scheeßel",circa 1920-1930

Scheeßel is a municipality in the district of Rotenburg, in Lower Saxony, Germany. It is situated on the river Wümme, approx. 10 km northeast of Rotenburg, 45 km east of Bremen, and 70 km southwest of Hamburg.

Scheeßel belonged to the Prince-Bishopric of Verden, established in 1180. In 1648 the Prince-Bishopric was transformed into the Principality of Verden, which was first ruled in personal union by the Swedish Crown - interrupted by a Danish occupation (1712-1715) - and from 1715 on by the Hanoverian Crown. The Kingdom of Hanover incorporated the Principality in a real union and the Princely territory, including Scheeßel, became part of the new Stade Region, established in 1823.

The village celebrated its 1200th anniversary in 2005. However, this was based on the mention of Skaesla in the Diedenhofener Kapitular, issued by Charlemagne on 24 December 805 in Diedenhofen (now Thionville), and there are rival theories as to where Skeasla might be.[2]

The village is host to the annual Hurricane Festival close to the Eichenring motorcycle speedway.

Scheeßel hosted the 2011 Team Long Track World Championship, the competition which has in the past been dominated by Germany. It has also hosted seven Long Track World Champion finals.

Twin towns[edit]

Scheeßel is twinned with: